On many measures of wellbeing, today’s teens are not much different from teens in their parents’ generation, concludes a study by the Foundation for Child Development.
Among the most vivid similarities: Today’s teens read about as well (or as poorly) as their parents did a generation ago and aren’t much more likely to have earned a high school diploma.
Also unchanged: suicide rates. Then, as now, they were about 4.5%
The study looked at 1975-77 statistics and 2003-05 numbers.
As commenters have pointed out, that suicide rate must be 4.5 per 100,000.
It found that although a few things have changed substantially â€” family mobility is down, teen birth rates are down and rates of smoking, drinking and drug use are on the decline â€” teenagers today read no better than their parents did, though their math skills have improved slightly.
Today’s teens face a much lower risk of death from accidents, violence or disease. They’re slightly more likely to be poor and much more likely to be overweight or obese.